Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited has said that it pumped 28 million litres of petrol into the domestic market to help address the current product scarcity that had crippled the economy.
The Managing Director of the company, Dr. Bafred Audu Enjugu, said in a statement that the rapid response was the product of a fast-track strategy aimed at optimising available capacity at the plant in an effort to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians, who are groaning under the biting fuel scarcity in the country.
Enjugu said the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCC) of the refinery had been running, while some products from the primary processing units had been blended to generate over 10.28 million litres of petrol.
He said 1.7 million litres were released to the depot last Friday, while another 4.5 million litres were transferred to the depot for distribution on Saturday and additional 4.08 million litres last Tuesday.
This, however, is coming as fuel supply has drastically improved in Abuja and its environs, following the increase in truck out by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from 186 to 240 trucks daily.
The NNPC had on Thursday urged Nigerians not to engage in panic buying as it has increased truck out to 240 from the 186 trucks per day that were initially being discharge, while also assuring that it has enough products to combat the lingering fuel crisis and prolonged queue at filling stations across the country.
Though, the product seems not to have gone round as petrol is still being sold between N150 and N160 in most filling stations in Lagos suburb.